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Katie's Diary: Unlocking the Mystery of a Suicide (Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement) 1st , Kindle Edition

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"Despite volumes of research on the topic, we are no nearer to understanding why individuals commit suicide than we were 40 years ago. Thus, the thoughtful readings and reactions to Katie's journal may serve to advance our understanding and thinking in this important area...I see this...as representing [the] leading edge of the field of suicidology that is timely and shows promise of becoming "standard reading" for suicidologists and other mental health clinicians." -- James Rogers, University of Akron

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 921 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OT7Z5U
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,480,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wonderful book, will use it for sure on my dissertation about suicide.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I Knew "Katie" 6 Feb. 2013
By Karl P. - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew the girl in this book, she was a friend of my sister's. And I was hoping to read the accounts that lead up to her suicide in this book. I was greatly disappointed!
It was, I felt, a really self-centered and self aggrandizing thing to have the psychologists writing their 'personal feelings' fill the majority of the book, and then include only the smallest, tiniest and measliest excerpts from "Katie" and her Diary. All I wanted to read was more from the girl's personal diary. I wanted to read the real thing. I wanted to read it all.
Ya know what would have made a better book? It would have been far better to publish all of her diary entries, then perhaps, include short commentaries from these (so called) 'experts'? Not to mention these 'experts' got nearly everything wrong about this girl, whom I knew. In fact I was surprised at just how little they were able to discern from her writing. I knew more about her from the brief encounters I had with her as one of my sister's friends.
What a supreme disappointment this book was!
If you're looking for any grand insight into the writings of a girl who committed suicide, look someplace else! This is not the book for you.
If you want absurd speculations and high falootin' psycho-babble from ivory tower 'intellectuals' about a girl who committed suicide-then you'll probably love the book?
Otherwise, avoid this book at all costs. . .If I could have given it O stars, I would have!
3.0 out of 5 stars A unique document, very useful to people studying the phenomenon of youth suicide 27 Aug. 2012
By Meaghan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excerpts from the real diary a troubled young woman kept in the year prior to her suicide. Various mental health professionals analyze the diary, each offering their opinion as to what was wrong with "Katie" (a pseudonym), what lead her to take her life and how her suicide could have been prevented.

This book is not a page-turner and not designed for the layman, but rather professionals and in particular psychotherapists. It was reasonably readable and understandable for me, but if you don't know a fair amount about psychology and different methods of therapy, you may lose your way in it. You could compare Katie's Diary with The Inner World of a Suicidal Youth, which also analyzes the diary of a young woman who committed suicide at about the same age Katie did. I liked Katie's Diary better, though, in large part because Katie was more likable than Electra.
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